Perfume is a cocktail of memories and emotion.
– Jeffrey Stepakoff
Flowers are the magical creations of nature that captivate the attention of people because of their ethereal beauty and enchanting fragrance. Many times, we stand in the garden, smell a flower and get lost in the charm of its scent so much that all we wish is to capture that fragrance forever. The exceptional fragrances of the flowers are the reason they are used in the perfume industry to create a refreshing scent. The perfumes not only make your personality attractive but also have a positive effect on your mind that offers the much-needed confidence to present yourself in front of the people and interact with them.
Here is a list of a few flowers mostly used in the perfume industry to prepare exotic fragrances.
Rose, popularly known as the ‘queen of flowers’ is an essential ingredient of many floral perfumes often worn by people. They are always harvested at night because they carry a strong scent before the sunrise. Rosa Centifolia, found in the South of France and Rosa Damascene, found in the Arab countries are the two common species of roses used in making perfumes. Using the notes of roses in a perfume offers a very refreshing scent that mesmerizes the senses of people to the core.
Violet is quite popular in the perfume industry due to its refined fragrance. These flowers are cultivated for centuries and dates back to Ancient Greece in 500 B.C. Violets are native to the Northern Hemisphere and also found in Hawaii, Australasia, and the Andes in South America. The Victoria Violet and the Parma Violet are the two varieties of violets commonly used in perfumes. The flowers of violet contain a chemical called ionine, which desensitizes the nose and sense of smell temporarily still, the scent is used in the production of several perfumes, oils, and lotions.
Jasmine is considered one of the pleasant and sweet-smelling flowers in the world. They are harvested just before dawn when their fragrance is at its peak and processed immediately before their fragrance fade away. Found in the tropical regions around the world, the flowers of jasmine are available in white and yellowish colors. Because of their enchanting fragrance, they are widely used in the production of perfumes and cosmetics. The flowers of jasmine are also used in aromatherapy. Dried jasmine flowers are used for making tea, which has a very nice scent and calming effect on the brain.
Lavenders are the most beautiful and sweet-smelling flowers used for several purposes ranging from culinary to medicinal uses. These flowers are native to the Old World and are found across the Canary Islands, South Europe, North and East Africa, Arabia, Mediterranean, and India. Lavender has a unique fragrance produced combining 180 different constituents and widely used in the perfume industry to add a top or middle note to perfumes. One of the most fragrant species of lavender is the hybrid Lavandin lavender.
The Plumeria has the strongest scent among all the floral fragrances, which makes it the basic ingredient of several perfumes. Originating from Mexico and Central America, it is quite popular for its appearance on Hawaiian leis. These flowers are treasured by the Polynesian Islanders for their fragrance, durability and multiple pastel shades. Once you pick the Plumeria bloom and keep in fresh water, it can last for several days without wilting.
So next time you have to buy a perfume, make sure you check the notes and choose a pleasant fragrance that makes you feel fully dressed and confident.